Somebody found a news flash about a potential Indy Car race in China. Some publication called ‘China Car News.’ It appears they have grandiose notions, kind of like Texans.
‘Indycar, the American motorsport that nobody other than Americans really watch, is pondering an entry into China in 2011 to garner Chinese fans.’ Oddly, I am told Americans do not watch either.
‘Indycar’s cars are much like F1’s with large wings, and prominent airboxes, except Indycars mostly go around in circles rather than giant tracks with tight corners and long flat straights.’ Not anymore. Sadly. There are more non-ovals than ovals, and the number dwindles every year.
.The info regarding a 2011 street race was posted to Wikipedia:
The league is exploring a race in Qingdao, China. A 2011 event would be a street race, and move to a proposed 500,000-seat oval for 2012.’ Oh 500,000 seats, huh? LOL. On the other hand, given all the money we send their way they could probably do it.
‘The 2011 race is also mentioned on Qingdao’s own Wiki page:
IndyCar Series commercial division president Terry Angstadt has mentioned Qingdao as a possible venue for a second race in Asia after Twin Ring Motegi, Japan. There are plans for a 400,000+ seat purpose-built course to be opened in 2011 or later. Angstadt has suggested that the series may race in a street circuit while the facilities are under construction.’ Talking Terry again. Wonder whether it is Terry doing the talking or someone putting words in his mouth? Either is possible. Better hope they get that oval built before they figure out how badly they will get screwed on a street circuit deal.
‘The USAtoday quotes Indycar’s commercial director, Mr. Terry Angstadt, as saying: Angstadt said the series hopes to have a Chinese driver in that race and has already identified three potential prospects that could soon compete in the developmental Indy Lights series. Under consideration is Qingdao, which hosted the Beijing Olympics sailing.’ Yeah, that would be as compelling as the Olympics alright.
‘Formula One currently have a track in Shanghai, and has gained quite a following in China, with CCTV5 televising the race either live or pre-recorded (when they choose to show the national badminton championships instead), an Indy street race would certainly be more exciting for the average viewer should it choose to enter China.’ Let us not count chickens before they hatch.
We have enough unrealized potential in the United States. Why not exploit that effectively first?